One of my friends and I have an ongoing joke about writing the next new management book. What we’ll do is simply rehash a mix of 4 or 5 other business books, then find anecdotal examples showing that all successful companies have followed our theory. It’ll be the next big seller.
Is rehashing things good? Sure. Given the amount of complexity that we have to deal with, it can be beneficial to dwell on a particular perspective of management as offered by a new book. Yes, they are slicing the same problem, but the way that they slice it or the word pictures can provide better clarity in our minds about things as well as remind us of ideas that we all know, but haven’t dwelt on recently.
That said, there is a lot of ‘stuff’ that simply isn’t worth reading. 🙂
“Of the making of books, there will be no end.”